Bleak Sunday as stage 2 load shedding implemented

Households and businesses around the country will again today be left without electricity.

Households and businesses around the country will again today be left without electricity. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Households and businesses around the country will again today be left without power as Eskom implements stage two load shedding.

Five of its generators failed last week causing widespread outages across the country.

Meanwhile, Eskom has called into question the role played by private power producers.

While there have been calls for private producers to be allowed on the grid, the power utility says it supplies about 95 of South Africa's energy.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe said, "Cities like Johannesburg and Tshwane have their own power stations and they rely on Eskom but depending on how much power they need."

The utility says the power system will remain constrained through the week.

PRESSURE FOR GOVERNMENT TO FIND SOLUTIONS

Pressure is building for President Jacob Zuma and government to find a solution to the continued blackouts which has damaged the economy.

Zuma will deliver his State of the Nation Address (Sona) this week and all eyes will be on the power situation which has left South Africans fuming.

The power utility says it's using the weekend to build up diesel stocks and replenish dam levels for pump storage schemes, as the country is hit once again, by load shedding.

However, several main generators have been crippled by technical problems and Eskom is simply unable to meet demand.

South Africans will be listening carefully to Sona to see if the president has a solution for the power crisis.

Take a look at EWN's feature on how to survive load shedding.

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